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January 24, 2019

Recognizing the Little Shell Tribe

The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians began petitioning the federal government for recognition in the 1930s – several generations ago. Their well-deserved recognition is long overdue.

I introduced legislation providing federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe in 2017, and guided it to passage in the U.S. House in 2018. It marked the first time a bill restoring federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe passed either the House or Senate. Despite passing the House, the bill failed to pass the Senate.

Earlier this month, I reintroduced legislation to provide federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe. I’m committed to getting this important measure through the House again as well as working with Montana’s senators to get it through the Senate and signed into law.

Greg urges passage of his bill providing federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe

Protecting Yellowstone’s gateway

The community in Paradise Valley has been clear. They want to permanently protect our public lands at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

We made progress toward permanently protecting those public lands in the last Congress. I introduced the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act in 2017 and guided it through the House Natural Resources Committee last year.

While the bill didn’t pass the House or the Senate, I remain as resolved as the community to get this done. I reintroduced the measure in early January and will continue working alongside folks who live there as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to get this across the finish line.

Greg discusses the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act at a meeting in Chico

Balanced Budget Accountability Act

Washington’s out-of-control spending is digging our country into a deeper hole, and Congress has to stop digging and show some fiscal discipline. That’s why the first bill I introduced this year is the Balanced Budget Accountability Act.

The bill requires members of Congress to pass budgets that balance or forfeit their pay. Just as members of Congress shouldn't get paid during a shutdown, they shouldn't get paid if they can't balance the budget.

Hardworking Montana families make their ends meet, and the federal government should be no different.

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Spirit of Montana

I had the honor of recognizing Jay Kohn of Billings in the U.S. House of Representatives for his distinguished career as a broadcast journalist and news anchor in Montana.

Jay recently signed off the air after more than four decades as a reporter, broadcaster, and anchor in Montana. Jay will remain with KTVQ in Billings as Anchor Emeritus.

Learn more about the Spirit of Montana recognition on my website. Anyone may nominate Montanans for the award by contacting my office at 202-225-3211 or by email at

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I am honored to serve you.